Civil Depositions in Broomfield, Colorado

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In Broomfield, Colorado, a civil deposition is a part of the discovery procedure in civil litigation.

In Broomfield, Colorado, "discovery" is a time-consuming process that happens before a case goes to trial. In the process, each side of the lawsuit is legally obligated to disclose all of the relevant information they have in their possession to the other side.

One of the most effective ways to receive information relevant to a lawsuit in Broomfield, Colorado is to conduct a deposition of a party who you believe to be privy to that information. A deposition is a Q&A session between an attorney representing one of the parties to a lawsuit, and someone who has knowledge relevant to the lawsuit. This can be one of the parties, or a witness. The individual being deposed is sworn in, and must answer all of the questions presented to them under oath. An attorney representing the other side can object to lines of questioning, on every grounds that would be valid during in-court testimony. The purpose of this is mainly to get the objection on the record, but if it proves to be a major sticking point, a judge can rule on the objections later. If any questions are found to be invalid, the questions, and their answers, will not be shown to the jury during trial. This is much more effective than simply instructing the jury to disregard a question and answer they've already heard.

Conducting A Civil Deposition in Broomfield, Colorado

Depositions in Broomfield, Colorado are meant to get verbal testimony on the record and into evidence, when there is concern that the individual being deposed might be unable to show up and testify at trial, or their testimony will take far too long for them to testify at trial.

Broomfield, Colorado civil depositions can go on for a long time - sometimes going for a week or more. If you get subpoenaed to provide your testimony in a Broomfield, Colorado civil deposition, this could prove to be incredibly inconvenient.

To help deal with this fact, Broomfield, Colorado permits witnesses who are being deposed to be compensated for their time. They can be reimbursed for lodging, travel expenses, and given a small amount of money for their time. Remember, however, that this money is most definitely NOT conditioned on the witness giving testimony that's advantageous to one side, and omitting information that's unfavorable. This would be bribery, and it is highly illegal.

In Broomfield, Colorado depositions, everyone being deposed is under oath. This means that you are legally and morally obligated to answer every question truthfully. If you deliberately misrepresent your knowledge (lie), you are guilty of perjury. And if you're caught, you could end up facing jail time and/or some extremely steep fines.

How Can A Broomfield, Colorado Lawyer Help?

If you are the defendant or plaintiff in a lawsuit, chances are good that you'll have to appear in a deposition. You should, by this time, already be represented by a Broomfield, Colorado civil litigation attorney. You should do whatever they tell you to do (unless, of course, they tell you to lie, in that case you should find a new lawyer).

If, on the other hand, you're not directly engaged in the case, but have been subpoenaed to appear in a deposition as a witness in Broomfield, Colorado, you may not need to hire a lawyer. The lawyers for both sides will probably prep you for the deposition, giving you an idea of what to expect.

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Life in Broomfield

Broomfield, Colorado is a consolidated city-county in the suburban Denver area of Colorado. Its population is currently about 56,000 people.

In the 1990s, Broomfield, Colorado and many other communities in the Denver area experienced massive economic growth, largely in the technology sector. Like many tech-heavy economies, the bursting of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s took its toll on Broomfield, Colorado. However, the tech industry in the area has generally recovered, with companies like IBM, Oracle, and Seagate being the largest employers in the city.

The presence of these technology companies has led to many large law firms setting up offices in and around Denver, which employ many Broomfield, Colorado lawyers.

Of course, not all Broomfield, Colorado lawyers work for international mega-firms. In fact, the vast majority of them don't. Most attorneys in Broomfield, Colorado are engaged in much more down-to-earth practice areas, and can help you with most legal issues that an ordinary consumer is likely to face.

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